Galleries & Events
University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts | Saturday, October 24
Feeling crafty? Then join us for this miniature bookbinding workshop! In this one-day class you’ll learn three different bindings: accordion, Japanese stab stitch, and case bound. You’ll not only walk away with three nifty books, but also written instructions for each binding. You provide: pencil, ruler and scissors. We provide everything else.
COST: $60 - Class (materials included) or $80 Class (materials included) plus a take-home
REGISTER: Click here to register online or call 419.530.8300
art EXHIBIT & Opening: PIECE IT TOGETHER
Thursday, October 15, 6-9 p.m. | UT Center for the Visual Arts - Main gallery
Exhibit Dates: October 12 - december 11
Two emerging women artists -Shanna Merola (Detroit, MI) and Sheida Soleimani (Providence,
RI) will present their work. The exhibit is both artistic and a protest statement.
Soleimani, an Iranian-American artist, will display her current series of works, entitled
‘National Anthem’, which melds sculpture, collage and photography to create collisions
in reference to Iranian politics throughout the past century. Merola is a conceptual
artist and documentary photographer for grassroots social justice organizations. She
works for the National Lawyers Guild, coordinating legal support for activists. Her
work, a series of landscapes, “We All Live Downwind,” has been carved from daily headlines
of disaster. On the surface, rubble hints at layers of oil and shale, cracked and
bubbling from the earth below. Rising from another mound, rows of empty mobile homes
bake beneath the summer sun. The bust of small towns left dry in the aftermath of
supply and demand.
The artists will be on hand at the opening which is free and open to all.
Artist Statement - WE ALL LIVE DOWN RIVER
The landscapes in “We All Live Downwind,” have been carved from daily headlines of disaster. On the surface, rubble hints at layers of oil and shale, cracked and bubbling from the earth below. Rising from another mound, rows of empty mobile homes bake beneath the summer sun. The bust of small towns left dry in the aftermath of supply and demand. In this place, only fragments of people remain, their mechanical gestures left tending to the chaos on auto. Reduced to survival, their struggle against an increasingly hostile environment goes unnoticed. Beyond the upheaval of production a bending highway promises never ending expansion - and that low rumble you hear to the west is getting louder.
Artist Statement - National Anthems
Recognizing the cultural dualities in my upbringing, my work explores identity formed by personal memories and stories my parents expressed to me as a child. In the 1979 Iranian Revolution, my father was a political activist against the Ayatollah’s totalitarian regime, and was suppressed for his pro-democratic beliefs. In return, my mother was imprisoned and tortured while the government tried to learn about my father’s whereabouts. Their revolutionary stories regarding a time of societal upheaval in Iran were initiatives for me to create collisions in regards to my own critical perspectives on past historical issues, as well as their relevance today.
Sustainability as Creative Practice with MICHAEL TAVEL, 2015 Outstanding CoCA Alumnus
Friday, October 9 at 1 p.m. | UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall
Architect Michael Tavel will speak on the effort of the architectural community to design sustainability into structural designs, creatively building within the environment while minimizing harm to it. Tavel graduated from the UT Department of Art in 1985 with a BA in Art.
Visit Michael Tavel's web site: http://www.michaeltavelarchitects.com/
Admission - FREE
Arts Diplomacy Mural Painting
Friday, October 2 through Tuesday, October 6 | 1001 Indiana Ave, Toledo
Students in the Arts Diplomacy class at The University of Toledo will be working with members of the Toledo community to create a public mural under the direction of artist Dave Loewenstein. The mural will be placed at the entrance to the James B. Simmons, Jr. Neighborhood Facilities Building, and painting will take place from Friday to Tuesday, October 2-6 during daylight hours. The public is invited to come and watch and even pick up a paintbrush and help!
The subject of the mural will be determined through a collaborative process involving University of Toledo students and Frederick Douglass Community Association members and stakeholders.